Soft toys resembling pathogens

I was walking along the corridor in theatre last week and noticed a cot with a cuddly toy left abandoned outside the a theatre.  The toy was well used: a familiar item of comfort for the child who was undergoing an ophthalmological procedure.

Soft toys are often given to patients to comfort them whilst they are in hospital.  A teddy bear with "Good Luck" or "Get well soon" can be purchased easily.  I was horrified to discover that cuddly toys nowadays are designed to resemble a pathogen.

The one that caught my eye was an ebola soft toy.  Yes, you can purchase a toy that resembles the ebola virus.  It is one of a series of microbial toys made by the Giant Company.

Logging onto their website to see what the product looked like, I noticed a dropdown box.  It gave various disease options and I chose "breast cancer".  Sure enough, they make a cuddly toy that resembles a breast cancer cell.  It can be turned inside out and so be "cured".

The 'breast cancer" cell
The "cured" breast cancer

I also came across a "sexy ebola suit" that was being promoted as a Halloween outfit.  How sad is that?  I have never had to dress in a protective outfit but even being scrubbed in a hot theatre can get very hot.  I should imagine working in a full suit is claustrophobic and massively unpleasant.

Personally, I think the toys and dressing up costumes are belittling and the height of bad taste.  Let me know if you agree or if you have actually been tempted to seek out one of the products.


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